Choosing the Best Baby Humidifier for a Nursery: a 5-Minute Guide

If you are setting up a nursery for your baby, we know you want your child to be as comfortable and healthy as possible, which means you have surely considered buying a humidifier for the room. Perhaps you haven’t purchased one yet because you are unclear on what a humidifier does, or you are unsure of its benefits for the baby, or don’t know how to choose the right one.  We understand you are still undecided, that’s why we have created this handy guide to help.

So, let’s get started with the basics, including how to decide whether or not your baby needs a humidifier, and if so, how to choose the best one.

What do humidifiers do for babies?

Basically, the main task of a humidifier is to vapor water to the air. That way, you can increase the moisture in your home during winter months when humidity levels are usually below average.

A humidifier for your nursery: a good idea?

To understand whether or not your child needs a humidifier in his room, take a moment to answer these questions:

  • Does your child often cough, have colds and flu?
  • Has sleeping problems?
  • Does your baby often get tired for no reason?
  • Has dry skin during winter?

If you’ve answered “yes” to at least one question, getting a humidifier is recommended. There are numerous studies that prove the efficiency of having a humidifier in a nursery. Here are a few advantages for your child:

  • The quality of sleep will be better by relieving stress on your baby’s sinuses
  • Your child will have fewer colds and no stuffy nose because of higher moisture in the home
  • A humidifier makes it easier for a child to breathe by relieving lung tension.

How to choose the right humidifier for a baby?

There are a lot of humidifiers on the market. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choices. However, to make it easier, here are things top rated humidifier should have to be safe for a child.

Choosing the best type of humidifier

Having a humidifier at home or at the office is a huge trend these days. Manufacturers understand the benefits and their popularity and dozens of new models have started to appear on the market. Choosing the best one is harder than ever.

Here are some tips to help you sort through all the options to choose the best fit. Generally, all humidifiers fall into one of two categories: they are either cool mist or warm mist. Here’s why a lot of people might choose warm mist humidifiers:

  • they are normally cheaper;
  • warm mist humidifiers are quieter than some cool mist ones;
  • warm mist humidifiers are known to be easy to use.


Still, their major flaw is a huge potential for burns. There’s hot water in the humidifier and that’s how soothing mist is produced. So, if a humidifier falls or the water spills out, your baby can get burned.

It might not be highly likely to happen but why should we take the risk when it comes to our children? For that very reason, most parents choose a cool mist humidifier. Here the safety risks have been taken into account so that burns are no longer a concern.

Keep in mind: a cool mist humidifier needs to be cleaned regularly to prevent mold and bacteria. Otherwise, your baby will be breathing in microbes and you’ll be doing way more harm than good.

Ultrasonic over evaporative

Before we get to explaining why one is a better fit for children or newborn babies than the other one, it’s only logical to explain the difference between the two technologies.

Evaporative humidifier – traditional technology

The gist of this technology is using fan-aided evaporation to turn water into air. There’s a filter that sucks in air thus increasing humidity in the room. One of the major advantages of evaporative humidifiers is no white dust since they have a filter.

However, there are still a few important drawbacks worth mentioning.


  • Evaporative humidifiers require more space;
  • This type of humidifier is usually louder. As some babies are pretty sensitive to noise, your child might wake up or not be able to fall asleep with the added noise of a humidifier in the room.
  • Evaporative humidifiers use more energy than ultrasonic ones.

Ultrasonic humidifier – a modern advancement

Ultrasonic humidifiers are most parents’ favorite choice. Why? Let’s get into the details.

How does an ultrasonic humidifier work?

There’s a small plate vibrating on frequencies a human ear cannot detect to break the drops of water into mist that later disperses in the air. Thanks to this advanced technology, ultrasonic humidifiers are usually quiet.

Ultrasonic humidifiers have a lot of advantages over evaporative ones. To name but a few:

  • An ultrasonic humidifier uses less electricity than an evaporative one;
  • To make sure a child doesn’t isn’t disturbed during his sleep, a parent’s wise choice would also be an ultrasonic humidifier;
  • An ultrasonic humidifier runs for more hours than an evaporative one.

Note, however, that an ultrasonic humidifier is filter free. That’s why you should use distilled water instead of tap water – to prevent white dust from being produced. No one wants his baby to breathe in dangerous substances, right?

Choosing the size of a humidifier

All humidifiers are grouped into three categories by size:

  • Small;
  • Medium;
  • Large.

Choosing the right one is determined by the size of a room where you plan to use a humidifier. Now, how do you know whether your nursery is small, medium, or large? Here are the guidelines:

  • A small room is up to 155 sq. ft.;
  • A medium room’s area is up to 300 sq. ft;
  • A large room has an area up to 500 sq. ft.

A few quick care tips

  • Use distilled instead of tap water. That way, you don’t risk the development of mold, bacteria, and white dust inside of a humidifier.
  • Clean a humidifier every day (especially if you bought a cool mist one). Otherwise, your child will breathe in bacteria that’ll weaken his immune system.
  • Don’t use sharp objects to clean a humidifier as you can damage it and cause water leaks in the future.
  • Make sure you clean all the parts of a humidifier – the base and the tank.

Wrapping things up

When you go shopping for a humidifier, check with the manufacturer whether a particular model is baby-proof. By that, we mean:

  • Quiet: can your baby sleep with no disturbances?
  • Safe from burns: is there a risk of water spilling, leaking, etc?
  • Has an automatic shut-off feature: when there’s no water in a humidifier, it must shut down by itself as your child can’t do it and you might not always be around;

Quite often, manufacturers create one or two humidifiers specifically for children. At least, that’s what we did with our 3L ultrasonic humidifier. Geniani humidifiers are considered extremely children-friendly. We’ve been ranked #5 in Wiki Ezvid of 2018’s best humidifiers for babies. We make sure our humidifiers are safe for children and will enhance a nursery.

We hope this article was helpful for you. Now you know what a parent should be looking for when choosing a humidifier for their child. Good luck finding the best fit!